The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to deal the 21st overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for goaltender Robin Lehner and forward David Legwand. Lehner will turn 24 on July 24th and Legwand will be 35 in August.
The Sabres have been looking to add a young, starting goaltender and with GM Tim Murray’s familiarity with the Senators prospect, this was highly predictable. The Swedish born netminder posts a .914 save percentage and a 2.88 goals against average in 86 games played, his overall record was 30-36-13. He won the Calder Cup Championship in 2011 and was named the AHL’s most valuable player during the postseason that year. He had a .938 save percentage during the regular season that same year, the league’s best.
Legwand was the 2nd overall pick at the 1998 NHL draft (held in Buffalo) by the Nashville Predators. He spent parts of 15 seasons in Nashville before waving his no-trade clause in 2013-14 at the deadline. The Predators traded him to Detroit in exchange for two
players and a 2nd round pick. He signed a free agent contract on July 4th, 2014 with Ottawa. Last season he scored nine goals in 80 games played. He had been a healthy scratch for part of the Senators playoff games last season and will be a $3 million-dollar cap hit.
The Sabres have a solid foundation now in the back end with a young goaltender who is at the very beginning of his career. Lehner represented Sweden at the last Olympic games in Sochi playing behind Henrik Lundqvist but ahead of former Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth.
Legwand’s best days are behind him but he could still help the club and it’s young core of Sam Reinhart and Jack Eichel. He has one year remaining on his contract.
The Sabres now have just one (1) 1st round selection (2nd overall) in the draft Friday. The next pick they hold is the 31st of the 2nd round.